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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Eight Starving Horses Rescued from Missouri Farm, Humane Society Says

Posted By on Tue, Oct 18, 2016 at 2:35 PM

click to enlarge The horses' ribs are clearly visible. - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF MISSOURI
  • Photo courtesy of the Humane Society of Missouri
  • The horses' ribs are clearly visible.

Six "emaciated" horses and two mules have been removed from a farm near Milan, Missouri — and their owners are expected to face criminal charges over their neglect.

That's according to the Humane Society of Missouri, which issued a press release saying its Animal Cruelty Task Force was working with the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office in the animals' rescue:
The [task force] first became aware of this situation in June of this year and tried to work with the owner to improve conditions for the animals. The animals’ conditions continued to deteriorate and it became apparent the owners were unwilling to properly care for the animals. Therefore, the Sheriff’s Office obtained a warrant for removal of the animals due to their extremely poor body conditions. All of the animals are very thin to extremely emaciated.
The horses and mules were reportedly living on a barren one-acre plot devoid of foliage. Investigators visiting last week say they found no food for the animals and only muddy water.



The horses are now headed to the Humane Society's Longmeadow Rescue Ranch, a spot that houses abused and neglected animals. Ultimately, the goal will be to place them for adoption.

However, since they're in bad shape, the Humane Society warns it could be a few months before they're ready for their new home. Donations to offset the cost of their care can be made via Longmeadow Ranch.

As for their owners, they have not yet been named. The Humane Society says they expect them to be charged with six counts of animal abuse and neglect.

A hearing to determine the horses' future is set for Monday. 

click to enlarge Staff members are shown with one of the emaciated horses. - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF MISSOURI
  • Photo courtesy of the Humane Society of Missouri
  • Staff members are shown with one of the emaciated horses.

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